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of millions of people watching across the country. will there be a mitt romney moment tonight to push the president out of the driver's seat? there is shifting in our new numbers. we will break down our new national poll to see where the race is tightening slightly in romney's favor. the most important number may be romney's 47%. the deep dive down memory lane for the good, bad and ugly of the modern presidential debate, the winners, losers, zingers and the awkward that help decide. good morning from the university of denver. a beautiful campus here, debate day, wednesday, october 3. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get to my first read. everything has been said about the importance of tonight's debate. now it is up to the candidates themselves who will meet on the university of denver on the same stage. romney has inched up slightly in our "wall street journal" poll. the bad news when you dig deeper you see the structural problems facing romney as he tries to catch up and how damaging the 47% remark was and is to the campaign. is there such a thing as a commanding l
might lead to an upward moment that could ultimately lead to a game changer. and team romney releases its list of one-liners. whether we're talking about jobs health care, debt or foreign policies the choice in this election is clear. i couldn't have said it better myself. >> jennifer: i can now tell you exactly what mitt romney is going to say in wednesday's presidential debate, and i'm going to tell you how you back home can rebut his claims. how do i know what he is going to say? because a talking point's memo from the campaign to romney's surrogates and allies it was leaked today. i know from experience that a memo coming like this just two days before a debate it is intended to prepare the surrogates and allies to parrot really the candidate to repeat and reinforce his position on every issue. so you are ready to hear it and it makes his ability to defend at the debate that much so that's what this memo is all about. wednesday's debate is going to focus on three of the most contentious issues of the campaign. the focus will be on the role of government,
, every day. the polls are bad for romney and good for obama in the swing states. but the national numbers are as tight as they get. the primaries are over, the conventions are over, but the debates, the home stretch, starts right now. >>> all right. the pre-season is officially over. game on. thank you for joining us tonight for msnbc's coverage of this first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign. i'm rachel maddow here at our headquarters in new york. i'm joined by ed schultz, reverend al sharpton, chris hayes, and steve schmidt. lawrence o'donnell will be our man in the spin room tonight. and the one and only chris matthews is at the university of denver, which is the site of tonight's debate. chris, i've been watching you this past hour. i can sense the excitement that you feel, that i feel as well. i mean, it is a big night when these candidates speak at their conventions, but tonight the tv audience for this debate could be almost twice the size as the convention audience. just a huge night. what are each of these guys thinking they need to do tonight? >> well, i think obama's the
this hour as he tries to recover. also, we'll hear live from mitt romney. he's now campaigning with new energy and momentum after his showing in the debate last night. plus, big bird thrust into campaign politics and on the defensive. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> only 33 days to election and an entirely new dynamic in the battle between president obama and mitt romney. the republican nominee is widely seen as the winner of last night's debate while even the president's strongest supporters now concede he was not at the top of his game. and now the president is back out there on the campaign trail. he's getting ready to speak at a rally over at the university of wisconsin in madison. we're going to be hearing from him live this hour. but first, listen to what he said about mitt romney at a rally earlier today before he left denver. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. [ laughter ] but it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promisi
do, then governor romney is your candidate. >> i will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals. i know that you and your running mate keep saying that, and i know it's a popular thing to say with a lot of people, but it's just not the case. look, i've got five boys. i'm used to people saying something that's not always true but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping i'll believe it. >> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. and now five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is never mind. >> you said you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas? look, i've been in business for 25 years. i have no idea what you're talking about. i maybe need to get a new accountant, but the idea that you get a break for shipping jobs overseas is simply not the case. mr. president, you're entitled to your own airplane and your own house but not your facts. i don't have any plan to cut education funding and grants for people on going to college i'm continuing on growing. is it so critical it's worth paying to china? i apologize, mr
>> no question about it. mitt romney is the clear winner of last night's debate, even i'm co conceding the obama loss. we all agree on this. the real question on moving forward is weather romney's win will change the race. we've seen mondale outperform president raleigh in 1984 and with john kerry defeated bush. neither kerry or mondale translated that into an election night win, although steve kornacki likes to think about a potential mondale president history. as the dust settles, they're back on the trail today. obama is en route to a rally in wisconsin, but earlier today in denver supporters saw the obama we hoped to see last night. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. he said that he doesn't even know that there's such laws that encourage outsourcing, never heard of them. he said if it's true, he must need a new accountant. we know for sure it was not the real mitt romney, because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time
romney chance another ill timed ill-advised attack. iran, is the u.s. on the verge of face to face talks over the country's nuclear ambitions, or is the time for talking over? afghanistan, how would either of these candidates end america's longest war without the taliban regaining precious ground? with our latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll showing the race a dead heat the stakes couldn't be higher. both parties and their candidates in the fight of their lives for florida, tonight round three. >> big question who will win? and i've been saying up until a couple of weeks ago probably obama by a few points. now i have absolutely no idea. >> 40% is not a great number for a president a couple weeks before election day. >> in the last few months there's a lacking narrative, absence after clear vision where we go. >> let's get straight to it. joining me is sean spicer. sean, good to have you here. tonight's debate will be broken into six separate sections, moderated by bob schieffer. each focusing on a foreign policy hot spot. we want to drill down on some of these. the contrast betwee
situation room." >>> happening now, just two days before the first obama/romney debate and our new cnn national poll shows the president's lost, lost his post-convention bounce. but there's a different story in the battleground states. >>> mitt romney could make a huge impact on the supreme court. how he could change the direction of the court for decades. >>> they make $10 a day to put their lives on the line. but they could lose their job ifs they don't lose some weight. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're now just 36 days from the presidential election and nationally our brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows the race between president obama and governor romney remaining up for grabs. the president leads 50% to 47%. but his three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error. our chief national correspondent john king is in denver getting ready for the debate over there. that's the site of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaig
and mitt romney ran all over him like a truck crushing a bug. we don't need a moderator for the next debate. we didn't have one last night. we'll talk about it, who won who lost, is it going to change anything. first, let's take a little time out to get the latest, today's current news update as always from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill, welcome back. it is a good day to be back. good morning everyone. with the first debate under their belts the candidates are back on the campaign trail today. president obama starts out where he left off in denver then he heads to madison wisconsin. joe biden is in iowa and mitt romney is in virginia. but who wants to talk about all of that when what you really want to talk about is the debates. a lot of claims thrown around last night. we're going to do some fact checking for you this morning. but first let's start out with a bit of a recap. of the debate was moderated by mitt romney. oh wait, we mean jim lehrer who i think it is safe to say
's turn to the campaign trail now. mitt romney in boston today, under new scrutiny of his leadership as governor of massachusetts. this is according to "the new york times." romney spent more than year of his four-year term out of the state on personal and political trips unrelated to the job. no secret he was running for president. but given his own emphasis on his leadership as governor, joy, is this news, is it problematic for him? or is this something that we're not talking about two or three days from now? >> it's hard to know what's problematic for mitt romney. i think what it does reinforce is the sense that personal ambition is the only true ideology that we can discern in mitt romney. in a sense he's done whatever he needed to do to get to the next step. the fact that he wanted to be president and he saw massachusetts to be an easier state to win than utah, it seems clear that he used being governor of massachusetts not for its own sake but as a stepping stone to the white house. >> he's not even competing in massachusetts, he's 30 points behind. >> that was something joe bi
. the president is otherwise leading absent those yellow states with 237 electoral votes to mitt romney's 191. in ohio a public policy polling survey shows that president obama is leading by 4 percentage points, plus yesterday a columbus dispatch poll had the president up nine points. so let's give those 18 electoral votes to president obama, brings him to 255 and romney 191. in florida a poll shows president obama leading by 1 percentage point. that's until the margin of error, so we'll keep those as a toss up at yellow. out in iowa -- again these are all polls out today -- in iowa there was a we ask america poll showing president obama 44%. we'll give the president those electoral votes. things are looking better, though, for mitt romney in north carolina. in north carolina the arg poll shows romney leading 50-46%. and a ppp poll out today that shows it all even. so we'll keep that state in the toss-up column. there are 36 days until the election. this election actually despite everything you are hearing it is still up in the air. so don't count your chickens folk. back
to make anyone same old. before the debate between romney and obama, did anyone think romney had a chance of winning this election? do you think there is a chance that obama could lose? >> a chance. president obama was ahead by 3- 5. romney's favorable swore under water. it was in bad shape in ohio, michigan, and pennsylvania. i would put it -- i would give obama the edge 60-40. watch ohio. >> watch ohio. there is a way for romney to win it. if he loses ohio, it is tougher for him. he has made that more possible by what he did in the debate. >> it is a jump ball. it is possible for romney to win. you look state-by-state, which is the reason that before the debate i would say that romney had little chance. you saw him falling off a cliff and these key states. the romney people would tell you heartening support for the president, sought the support for romney. you are seeing the reverse. >> i have thought before hand there was a greater chance that romney could win because there was a series of state polls before the debate. they showed it was closing after romney had a bad september. it co
, tomorrow's town hall debate in new york could be a turning point for romney it's an opportunity to clear what has been his biggest hurdle, the likability problem. understand the problems of regular people. meanwhile, the president badly needs to reverse the momentum which is looking more and more like a coin-flip race. no more agendas. the buts are eroding. and the president is in virginia where he will remain until he arrives in long island tomorrow. a half hour trip sunday to a local campaign oh office he delivered pizzas and made phone calls to volunteers. >> i wanted to call and say thank you. i'm over at the williamburg office and i know you have been working so hard for the campaign. >> senator john kerry who is playing romney in the debate prep has been spotted carrying a massive binder, multicolored tabs. the presidential campaign says that we will find an aggressive president in round two. >> ed gillespie responded so that on fox. >> even if he changes his style, and whatever political tactic the president settles on is being in the best interest, he can't change his record and
, honey. thanks to all of my jeff i'm gen jennifer grandholm, who says they can't get along. mitt romney flatters the president. like the poor dog who doesn't realize he is wearing a shock color. mitt romney again sticks his nose into foreign policy. no humiliating statements this time embarrassing gaffes no new ideas, no boldness no inspiration, no excitement and definitely nothing like this. >> infawnty cams in to score, and the tigers are going in two games to none! ♪ >> jennifer: okay. forgive me but it is completely appropriate that we start tonight with a tip of my hat and cup to my detroit tigers. for the moment anyway providing a distraction from really more unpleasant matters. it pains me to say this but mitt romney's debate performance was really one of record books. because according to the gallup poll he beat president obama by more than 50 points. that's the biggest spread in any presidential debate ever. now romney is going to go head to head with the president on domestic issues and foreign policy. romney laid out his clearest foreign policy plan to
separate president obama and governor romney from the next four years. polls tight in seven tossup states, they're racing across the country to pave that way to 270 electoral votes. ohio is one of those crucial states and we're here on the ground in cincinnati with a deep dive into the key counties to watch on election night to know which way the buckeye state will break. new developments in the aftermath of the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador in libya. secretary of state hillary clinton comments on the latest revelations. good morning from cincinnati. it's thursday, october 25th, 2012. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. i think we're now under three hours until the first poll closed. developing now, live pictures of an obama campaign rally in tampa, florida. the president in the middle of a 48-hour nonstop campaign swing after an overnight flight from nevada. he's hitting the trifecta today. he'll be in virginia and ohio later and then a stop in chicago to vote early before heading back to the white house for a little bit of sleep late tonight. the president is expected
. it is a little early. and the winner has already pronounced to be david gregory. mitt romney's trash collector is talking. paul ryan has a hard time doing his math homework and best of all, a man with a doubly phallic name has endorsed governor romney. first, here's lisa. >> good morning everyone. it's not about whether you win or lose. it's how you play the game unless you're running for president then it is about winning but not according to mitt romney. in his version of reality where the polls are made up and the results don't matter he says the debates are about something bigger than winning. they're a chance for each candidate to present their funeral path to -- their future path to america. the president has said something very similar. his campaign said do not expect any big attacks because mr. obama just wants to continue his conversation with the american people. but romney is still prepping some zingers nonetheless. we may have got an bit of a preview in denver. here's a look. >> we've had 43 straight mo
morning." a cbs news poll shows mitt romney outshines president obama in their first debate. >> a border clash erupts between turkey and syria, raising the stakes in the ongoing civil war. >> baseballas its first triple crown winner since 1967 and who want to tear down a house by one of america's greatest architect. >> we begin this morning with today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >>> middle income americans have been buried. they are being crushed. >> mitt romney goes on the offensive. >> five weeks before the election he's saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> you're entitled to president to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >> where was obama tonight? >> we pundits don't know whether debates matter but we do know debates over whether debates matter matter. >> syrian targets in retaliation killing five civilians. >> very dangerous situation. >> a rare and deadly meningitis outbreak leads to steroid injections is now spreading. four people have died. >> miguel cabrera has become the first player to win the triple crown since carl yastrzemski in 1967.
. >> bill: all right. james tulman is on the road with mitt romney. we'll talk to him the next hour. and talk to laura bassett from "huffington post" about women's issues in this campaign and then ray stagich will be back. meanwhile our conversation this morning, have we gone too far. wane d says remember bill politicians need to cover their political asses because election day is only eight days away. kevin says go giants, i live near union square and there was a lot of yelling and screaming. i am so happy, but i must confess i'm sorry the win was against detroit. they city could have used a win. barbara from california way early out there says, i think public utilities were smart in shutting things down early. it takes time to get people off of the streets. most of those who could have done something about global warming years ago did not lift hand. oh my gosh this looks amazing! that's a good deal! [ man ] wow! it is so good! [ male announcer ] our new maine stays! 15 entrees under $15 seafood, chicken and more! oo! the tilapia with roasted vegetables! i'm
. >> governor romney did attend an event in ohio. >> why ohio? why choose ohio? >> his campaign describes it as a storm relief event. >> if you have more canned goods, bring them along. >> you need fema and need support. >> fema is about to run out of money. how do you deal with something like that. >> take something from the federal government and send it back to the states. >> you need fema and you need support. >> and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> mitt romney can't show up on the east coast right now. he has to stay away. >> the president has been all over this. >> listen to your state and local officials. >> he deserves great credit. >> this storm is not yet over. >> the october surprise is here. >>> we begin tonight with the devastation from the massive storm called sandy. the death toll continues to rise. within the hour, it has gone from 43 deaths to 50 as a result of the storm. at least 23 of those deaths are in new york state, 18 here in new york city alone. president obama has declared disasters in 11 states, as well as
's at 51%. mitt romney is at 43%. both campaigns think this one is getting more difficult by the moment for mitt romney to win. however -- and this is where it gets fascinating -- in virginia, the president's lead has shrunk to just two points, within the margin of error. last month president obama led by five points there. in florida, mitt romney has closed the gap as well. he's now statistically tied in the state of florida. it is a one-point lead. 47%-46%. al hunt, it is fascinating. ohio seems to be on its own as far as the swing states go. but we could show other swing state polls in colorado, in nevada, in north carolina. these states are really getting tight, to such a degree that a great performance by romney tonight could change the dynamic. >> conceivably, but i don't think it's quite that close yet. i think you certainly see it, as you point out, in florida and virginia. you don't see it in ohio. wisconsin it looks like it's actually widening. iowa, it's four to six. and the problem by taking michigan and pennsylvania off the table, which really the romney people have done de
host: the candidates are focusing on 9 swing states. president obama in iowa today. mr. romney was in nevada and colorado yesterday and will be and i what today. there are nine states considered battlegrounds. we kick off our coverage of them all. we will begin a florida later on on "washington journal." talking to people on both sides of the aisle. we will begin with those late the ciders. how did you make up your mind? or if you think you are going to make up your mind and the last 13 days, we want to assure you as well. if you are supporting governor 1.mney called calle202-585-388 if you are supporting obama call 202-585-3880 0. if you are supporting another candidate call 202-585-3882. go to campaign 2012. how did you make up your mind and when? since the first presidential debate how and when did you make up your mind? late decider is only. or if you think you were going to make up your mind during the next 13 days. here is the wall street journal. candidates a bottle to lock up key states. mitt romney will spend much of the final two weeks of the campaign pres
romney. he told reporters he hopes the election comes down to who will win their state. this is a 50-minute event. >> happy to be back. >> hi. thank you for coming. >> how are you? [applause] >> new jersey women. >> you bet. >> don't write over mitt. >> don't write over the next president of the united states. my oldest son. he just graduated. >> give them hell today. >> thanks for coming. we have a lot to be excited about today. we are here on a corner -- [inaudible] i know there are a lot of small business representatives and employees here today. for your efforts and hard work, give them a hand. [applause] president calvin coolage once remarked that the business of america is business. his words are as true today as they were when he said them nearly 100 years ago. small business drives our economy, fuels or communities and feeds our families. [applause] small businesses like ours represent 97.8% of all employers. we employ half of america's work force and create between 60 respect -- 60% and 80% of job growth in the country. we know how very important those jobs numbers are. i im
in rasmussen's daily tracking poll. and that candidate is governor mitt romney. he's ahead 50-46 percentage points over -- that's four percentage points over president obama, and with the clock ticking down until voters head to the polls, every minute, every second on the campaign trail could be critical. chris stirewalt is our fox news digital politics editor and host of "power play" on live. chris, hello from dallas. >> hi, megyn. meg and let's -- i'm still thinking about boca even though i've maneuvered over to -- moved over to dallas. [laughter] but these two candidates are eyes on the road. they are all about what's over the next two weeks and ground game. your thoughts on where we go in the wake of last night from here. >> well, here's the deal, even if the president can claim a victory inside the debate winning with some focus groups, not others, even if he can say that, he didn't achieve his objective, and the objective last night was to use the last remaining scheduled moment to reset an election that he's losing, that he's on his way to lose, that he missed his opportu
the democrats are building it to suggest that mitt romney is a flip-flopper on abortion. >> hoels is he going to win? got to do what he's got to do. >> he's flip-flopping on abortion. let's talk about that in a little bit. we see this week a series of polls that are the first post-debate polls. we saw the pugh poll that shows romney up a great bit. now the real news begins, the state by state by state polls. >> four weeks away. can you believe it. >> we have a few to report on this morning. >> the election is coming. the fight for battleground states, less than four weeks until election day in ohio where there are 18 electoral votes up for grabs. a new cnn poll conducted after the debate shows the president leading by four points, 51-47. romney has gained four points there in just over a week. in new hampshire a new wmur granite state poll showses in last nine day he's whittled the 15-point lead down to 6 points. national polls has romney edging ahead of barack obama for the first time this year. the question is, is this what happens naturally, or was this spurred by the debate? >> it doesn't
this polling was conducted after the third and final debate. >> and if there was any doubt about romney's momentum, look at what happened in virginia. a new fox news poll shows romney now leading by two points. last month the same poll had obama up seven. and in the abc/"washington post" daily tracking poll of likely voters, romney has taken a three-point lead, 50%-47%. on monday, the president was leading 49%-48%. and on the economy when asked who voters trust more on that issue, romney now has a sizeable nine-point lead. >> so you look at these national polls, mika, abc news/"washington post" poll showing a four-point lead in the national poll. this week. a four-point swing in the national poll. gallup, of course, has had mitt romney ahead i think way too much over the past week or two. sometimes five, six points. and in the national poll, it really does seem -- if you take all the polls, it really does seem like mitt romney is moving away from barack obama. and yet you go to these swing states, nevada, holding steady for barack obama. colorado, still deadlocked. virginia, slightly go
until the election, is in therst debate books. high expectations for romney, and he came out swinging. his moves made even harsh he had a goodat debate. -- admit he had a good debate. >> the debate started with a handshake and then turned into assault by mitt romney, going after the left four years in office. president's policies, middle income americans have been crushed. he also described the cuts. will stop the subsidy to pbs. spending things to borrow money from china to for it. >> 5 million jobs in the private created. industry has come back and housing has begun to rise. said there was no way mitt promise ofd keep his taxes without adding to deficit. before thee weeks election, he says his big, bold idea is never mind. >> the president never brought the controversial 47%,. analysts say it was romney who won this debate. >> moments like this could wipe slate clean. >> as both candidates hit the supporters of, the present offer this a device. -- twohave to the war debates, did it to mitt romney. >> this debate is making a new on the -- is having a on twitter. >> twitter tracks jus
. and then what does the romney tune do? they do it again. they go racist again. >> frankly when you take a look at colin powell you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he has a slightly different reason for preferring president obama. >> cenk: what reason would that be? >> yeah, i got a pretty good idea. we'll show the wholly in a little bit. then the republicans are terribly offended by this ad. >> my first time voting was amazing. before i was a girl, now i am a woman. i pulled back the curtain. i voted for barack obama. >> cenk: but there is a twist to that story. i can't wait to shove that in the republicans' face. do you know what time it is? it's showtime. >> cenk: all right, let's be honest. it's panic time. mitt romney is winning on the national level. on the popular vote. this is a collection of votes that the "huffington post" does, 47.3% to 46.9%. when you look at the margin of error, he is winning. when you look at other politics, there you have 47.9%-to-47.0%. i thought barack obama would win the popular vote and the college electoral vote. this morni
, nevada, colorado. president obama continues to attack mitt romney for his changing positions with his new favorite word, romnesia. designed to fire up his base. >> we can fix you up. there's a cure. there's a cure. there's a cure, but you got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there forumnesia. >> but it's mitt romney who claims to have the momentum. >> and these debates have supercharged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. we haven't heard an agenda from the president. that's why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead. >> let me bringing in ron fournier, editor-in-chief of the national journal and nia malik cag henderson political reporter at "the washington post." you know, mitt romney's big criticism that will president obama doesn't have a plan, so to answer that, the president released that glossy pamphlet we've been reading about it, he's using it on the campaign trail. >> i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about what'
to come out on top. here is a look. >> romney: it took the president 14 days before he called >> obama: get the transcript. >> he did in fact sir. >> obama: can you say that a little louder candy. >> the united states and iran has agreed to a one-on-one talk on nuclear weapons. but the white house so far as denied the agreement. >> governor romney what worries me is that he is not ready for national security. >> other democrats painted romney as someone who is inexperienced and could bluster his way into a war with iran. more after the break, we're live in chat at used as a major talking point. (vo) the only network with real-time reaction straight from the campaigns and from viewers like you. >> now that's politially direct. >>start the night with a special live edition of "talking liberally with stephanie miller" at 7 eastern. only on current tv. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college graduates to fill them. that's why at devry university we're teaming up w
. nothing for you. can't afford medicine? tough luck. it's america. maybe governor romney didn't look like an outsourcer on the stage last week, but that's a big part of how he made his millions. workers are at the mercy of business owners. teachers are at the mercy of administrators. romney will deregulate water, air, the workplace, food, oil, banks, wall street, he told us that he wants to get rid of teachers, cops, firefighters or what he calls government workers. that's mitt romney's america. george w. bush's policies on steroids. now ask yourself the question, americans. can you get fooled again? we're a month away. think about it. that's "the ed show." i'm ed shultz. the "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >> good evening, everybody. thank you for staying with us this hour. there was this moment in 2008 on election night that year. i know you were watching our coverage here on msnbc, but on election night in 2008 over on the fox news channel, carl rove in the middle of fox's election night coverage was on tv gaming out john mccain's chances of pulling out
in the newsroom. thank you. >>> mitt romney responding to thjobs report and called the rate insignificant and said this is not what a real recovery looks like. the numbers are deceptive and the president's made the economy worse. >> looks like unemployment is getting better. the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce, today or on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. that is the real reality of what is happening out there. >> mitt romney is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. so how are the new job numbers impacting the race for the white house? jack burkman and democratic strategist gary nordlinger from george washington school join us. thank you for being here. >> good afternoon. >> the fact that the unemployment rate fell below 8% the first time since the president took office should give them a boost. is it enough to help erase the lackluster performance in the debate? >> i don't know if it's enough to equal out the debate. the point is that it's good news for them and for the first time since january of 2009, une
with mitt romney. now with today's current news update. lisa ferguson out in los angeles. >> good morning, everyone. the vice presidential debate is tonight. joe biden arrives in danville kentucky at 12:45 this afternoon. the debate is at 9:00 pm eastern time. you can expect the attack dog coming from joe biden tonight. his main goal is to make up for lost ground after the presidential debate last week. ryan is expecting it, though. so there is a chance he will be well prepared. he told a detroit radio station earlier this week, he thinks biden will come at him like a cannon ball. that aggressive stance is not something we saw from the president last week. >> obama: as i said the -- you know there's no doubt that i can make a better case which is why i'm so looking forward to tuesday. >> it is possible you handed him the election that night? >> no. >> debates do not have a strong history of changing the outcome of a presidential race and for the most part we do not expect these debates to do so either. but romney is seeing a big post-debate gain in the polls. romney's
is the key. about ohio. worried virginia is the key. >> mitt romney is in florida, win state.t according to a gallup poll, points,leaves by 7 p but a a -- leads by 7 points, but other polls show different results. , the two men took a from the campaign trail to comedy at a fund- raiser in new york. of you may have i had a lot more in the second debate. i felt really well rested after the knapp i took in the first page. -- now i took in the first debate. >> president obama and i are each of someone to lean in our corner.s i have and. he has bill clinton. >> the final debate is scheduled for monday. topic is foreign-policy. >> vice president by an appeal -- vice president biden appealed to florida voters today. the romney campaign is also h bothg florida hard wit romney and paul ryan speaking there later on. speak inistie will richmond today on behalf of the romney campaign. michelle obama talked about life house, here husband's reelection bid and howard has been reacts to watching basketball games of his daughter. he talks the refs, and one , a sit-down.s like of aming up, the case moles
today. mitt romney with a four-point lead over president obama. now it is just one poll out of many, but it does prove this election is not in the bag yet. it is going to be a close one and democrats have to continue to work their tails off between now and november 6th. 28 days left. but first here we go with today's current news. hi, lisa, good morning. >> hey, bill good morning, everyone. president obama leaves san francisco this morning, and then he heads to columbus, ohio where he is speaking at ohio state university. mitt romney is hosting an event at the koch family farm and then heads to a rally. several news outlets are pointing out how similar mitt romney's plan is to president obama's. his goal yesterday was to outline a stark contrast to president obama. as think progress notes there are at least four major areas where romney and the president's plan are nearly identical. one is afghanistan. both plan to transfer power to local security forces by the end of 2014. syria, romney wants to give aid to neighboring states. number 3 is iran where both romney
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